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Wide Open Road 10-year Celebration, 18 - 20 October 2019

Donna Bennett, Hope Street’s CEO, and Hootan Heydari, Wide Open Road Co-Founder, discuss the fundraising event over a coffee at Wide Open Road.

A much-loved Brunswick ethical roastery and café will celebrate its 10-year anniversary in October by raising funds for young people who are experiencing homelessness.

Wide Open Road, situated in Barkly Street, will donate proceeds from all coffees sold between 18 and 20 October 2019 to Hope Street Youth and Family Services, a specialist youth homelessness service provider. Hope Street operates a youth refuge in Brunswick that provides supported crisis accommodation to young people and young families who are experiencing homelessness.

Hootan Heydari, Co-founder of Wide Open Road, said the team elected to mark their 10-year anniversary by giving back to the community. "Marking our 10-year anniversary by supporting our community’s most vulnerable people – young people who are homeless – feels fitting to us. Whilst we love coffee as a product, what actually keeps us going are the people and the communities that support and are supported by coffee," he said.

Hootan said Hope Street was an easy choice for a charity partner for the anniversary celebration. "Hope Street have been around in the Brunswick community even longer than we have, and they have supported so many young people who were experiencing homelessness. We know youth homelessness is on the rise in Melbourne and in our area, and we want to respond to that and help however we can," he said.

Co-founder, Jono Hill, explained that in addition to donating the proceeds of all coffees sold over the anniversary weekend, Wide Open Road have also created a unique Hope Street blend of coffee. "We're hoping our customers will appreciate knowing that their regular coffee order will be going towards a great cause, and will enjoy the unique blend we've created for the occasion," said Jono.

Donna Bennett, CEO of Hope Street, said Hope Street was grateful for the support of local businesses. "We’re delighted that Wide Open Road have chosen Hope Street as their partner for this exciting occasion, as local community partnerships are crucial in the response to youth homelessness. We’re looking forward to popping in for a coffee between 18 and 20 October," said Donna.

The community is encouraged to come down to Wide Open Road between Friday 18 and Sunday 20 October to celebrate the anniversary and support Hope Street Youth and Family Services. Wide Open Road is situated at 274 Barkly Street, Brunswick.

Plus, Wide Open Road have also created a unique Hope Street blend!!!! Available for purchase on their website. All proceeds go towards assisting young people who are experiencing homelessness.

For more information please contact:

  • Wide Open Road: Dylan Hewit, 0419 877 779 |
  • Hope Street: Olivia Myeza, 0401 473 923 |


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